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Private Stock Siskiyou Redwood Acoustic

by PRS Guitars on June 11, 2014

Filed Under Acoustics / Private Stock Acoustics

<p>Tunnel 13 Acoustic</p>

A guitar with a great story to tell

The redwood timbers used for the top of this PRS Private Stock acoustic instrument once framed the backdrop to the story of the last great train robbery of the west. Harvested around 1880 in Oregon, this Coastal Redwood was to spend the next 120 years air-drying in Tunnel No. 13 in the Siskiyou Mountains. Naturally aged, this redwood is resonant with a full, complex tone that is a slightly darker than spruce but with more headroom than cedar. This fine-grained old-growth redwood is thought to have been more than 2,000 years old at the time of harvest, imbuing these instruments with historical significance, tone, and beauty.

The Last Great (attempted) Train Robbery of the West

As the story goes, on October 11, 1923, the D’Autremont brothers attempted to rob the southbound Southern Pacific Railroad “Gold Special” No. 13 in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon. (The train often carried large quantities of gold from the mines, hence the name). That day, the brothers believed there was a half-million dollars of gold aboard the train.

As the train labored toward the summit and the entrance to Tunnel No. 13, twin brothers Ray and Roy (both 23 at the time of the crime) and their teenage brother Hugh easily hopped aboard.  The train entered the tunnel and the D’Autremont brothers blasted the mail car with explosives they stole from a construction site in northern Oregon.  Unfortunately for them, the blast wedged the train inside the tunnel, making it impossible for them to remove the loot. 

After killing several men, the brothers fled to the woods empty handed. A massive manhunt that included the federal government, Oregon National Guard troops, local posses, and angry railroad workers ensued, but it wouldn’t be until 1927 that Hugh was caught while serving in the Far East in the military. The twins were arrested a few months later in Ohio after renewed interest in the crime led to the recirculation of most wanted posters across the Nation.

Comments (19)
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Michael Warren June 22, 2014 - 12:59pm
Awesome guitar !! How much? and where do I get one !?
Justin Roth June 20, 2014 - 1:14pm
I just heard about your Tunnel 13 guitars. I co-wrote a song with LJ Booth about the train robbery and the redwood to commemorate the launch of Petros Guitars "Tunnel 13" guitars four years ago, so I wanted to share it with you. Listen to the song... The Siskiyou Line - http://justinroth.bandcamp.com/track/the-siskiyou-line See the guitars... http://petrosguitars.com/gallery/Petros_Guitars_Gallery/Models_Available/Pages/Tunnel_13.html. I'd love to get my hands (and ears) wrapped around one of your redwood guitars! All the best, Justin Roth www.justinroth.com
BobSmith June 20, 2014 - 1:11pm
I enjoy the sound clips you send. Keep it up! I haven't bought a PRS Acoustic yet, but one of these days . . .
Kevin Lemoine June 20, 2014 - 12:23pm
Will there be a left-handed version of this instrument?
Tony June 20, 2014 - 7:32am
Do you also make left handed guitars?
johnny D June 20, 2014 - 12:46am
I think this is the most beautiful looking guitars I have ever seen. I can only imagine how warm the tone is...
William Engle June 20, 2014 - 12:26am
Kool guitars
Shawn robbins June 19, 2014 - 10:23pm
How much are these works of art and history?
Gary Whelan (from Australia) June 19, 2014 - 7:49pm
Looks beautiful....price and availability?
Kim Jon Kesler June 19, 2014 - 5:17pm
Hi Paul, Hey Paul this particular stock of redwood sounds great in the Petros tunnel 13 guitars. Did you get your stock from Bruce or did you get it when they pulled the timbers from the tunnel. Like Bruce and his son you make some very sweet sounding acoustics. We need a clip of someone playing this so we can hear it. I do love the Koa and addy angelus acoustics that you have made. Thanks for all the great guitars. Its guys like you that inspire us fledgling Luthier's to keep this craft alive. all the best, Kim
rob June 19, 2014 - 2:41pm
Tunnel 13 redwood guitars look interesting EXCEPT I couldn't find any place to see one, price one or even hear one. Sorry, I'm gone.
James Benson June 19, 2014 - 2:16pm
Love to have this Guitar,due to I am from Southern Oregon,now in Kansas this would make me feel like I was at home ,plus the sound must be just out of this world!
Marion Cloud June 19, 2014 - 1:54pm
How Much is the Siskiyou Rosewood Guitar
Scott June 19, 2014 - 12:13pm
Nice guitar- what's the price?
PETE BIANCO June 19, 2014 - 12:00pm
WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF THE GUITAR. NOT MUCH OF A DISPLAY. JUST SAYIN.
Ken Davis June 19, 2014 - 10:30am
Wow, what can I can I say. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 years old ( over 50 years). I've owned many different types of guitars over the years both acoustic and electric. Right now I'm still playing my 1974 Martin D-28. But by far this guitar is the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen and what a story. Great job PRS. You've outdone yourself.
Luke June 19, 2014 - 10:23am
How do I get one!
Steve Ventin June 19, 2014 - 10:17am
Whats the tunnel 13 price range?
Glen McCarthy June 19, 2014 - 10:11am
Love the story. Where do we find these instruments?
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